Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) play a critical role in the overall framework of environmental laws and conventions. Complementing national legislation and bilateral or regional agreements, MEAs form the over-arching international legal basis for global efforts to address particular environmental issues.
DELC, in close cooperation with the MEA Secretariats (who oversee the advancement of the major environmental conventions including any subsequent Protocols) and stakeholders, provides support to States towards the implementation of MEAs. In particular, improving compliance with and enforcement of MEAs is a key focus of DELC’s work within UNEP. DELC also focuses on facilitating synergies and inter-linkages among environmental conventions, as well as enhancing effective participation in regional and global environmental fora, including Conferences and Meetings of the Parties (COP/MOPs).
Whilst other sub-programmes within UNEP and UN agencies are mandated to strengthen the implementation of individual MEAs (such as UNEP’s climate change sub-programme and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) DELC works more broadly across MEAs, which have been categorised under the following thematic areas:
Below is a list of the key activities undertaken by DELC.
LEGAL RESOURCES & CAPACITY BUILDING
Key Documents & Milestones
UNEP Regional Office for Africa (ROA)
UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP)
UNEP Regional Office for Europe (ROE)
UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC)
UNEP Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA)
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (Basel Convention)
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS)
Rotterdam Conventionon Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC)
Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer & Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Ozone Convention & Protocol)
Multilateral Fund Secretariat for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (Funding Secretariat)